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Free Income Tax Assistance Available Across the State
Oklahoma taxpayers who would like assistance with preparing and filing their income tax returns have free help available in many locations across Oklahoma for those who qualify. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) programs have opened their sites this week to provide income tax assistance to taxpayers who qualify. VITA sites offer free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. TCE sites help low- and middle- income taxpayers with special attention to senior citizens (60 years of age and older).
Specially trained community volunteers help taxpayers with their Federal and Oklahoma returns at locations across the state. These volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Most of the locations also offer free electronic filing of the taxpayer’s returns. Individuals taking advantage of Free File or e-file will receive their refunds in half the time compared with those who file by paper- and even faster if they use direct deposit for their refund.
Taxpayers will need to bring the following items to a VITA or TCE site:
For more information about the VITA or TCE programs or to view a list of site locations around Oklahoma, please visit the Free Income Tax Assistance Page on the Tax Commission website at www.tax.ok.gov.